James E. Meide

Thursday, April 4, 2019

James E. Meide, 82, of Mountain Home, has joined June, his wife of 57 years, on March 30, 2019. He had been told by his doctor that he was like a fine tuned racecar, but he was on his last lap. He pulled into St Lukes, Elmore hospital for his final pit-stop.

Jim was born August 24, 1936 in Hankinson, No. Dakota to Dominic Leo Meide and Agnes Willamina Pelvitt. He had three sisters and three brothers, with the youngest, Mary Jo Prochnow surviving him.

At the tender age of 19, Jim married his childhood sweetheart, June and enlisted into the United States Air Force. They traveled around the US, courtesy of Uncle Sam for 26 years and finally settled down in Mountain Home. During those years, Jim served as a loadmaster, flew in the Jolly Green helicopter while stationed in Viet Nam, rode in “Old Shakey” C- 124, C-5, 135, and various other airplanes throughout his career. He spent his time working his way around the world, including most of Europe and even made it to the Arctic tundra. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). Some of you will remember him as the Enlisted and O’Club manager on Mountain Home AFB.

Jim and June enjoyed travelling in their RV, especially following the Alaskan pipeline. He loved being outdoors and was especially fond of hunting. He earned the nickname “One Shot” by his ability to take down even elk with precision and only one bullet! He spent many hours fishing, with his greatest feat of reeling in a 75 pound halibut. He spent many a weekend hunting and fishing with his grandsons, leaving all of them with wonderful memories.

Jim was a wonderful, generous and kind man, who will be sorely missed. His sense of humor and infectious laugh will be fondly remembered. He loved sharing stories about his past, his friends and his adventures – these will be missed the most, but will not be forgotten.

Jim is survived by his three daughters, Constance and her husband, Leroy Wolf of Mt Home; Rita Meide of Mtn. Home; and Marilyn and her husband, Wilbur McCullough of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He also had a large extended family including nieces and nephews from both his and June’s side of the family.

Please share with us one more day to honor this brave and respected man on April 8, 2019 at Rost Funeral Home. Viewing is from 9:00am to 10:45am with services starting at 11:00am. A graveside service with full military honors will immediately follow.